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John N. Stillion

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Stillion, John N.
Nov. 22, 1931 - April 19, 2011
John N. Stillion, an educator, artist, visionary, and community builder, died on April 19, 2011 at his home in Eagle Rock. Wherever John Stillion lived or worked during his career, he committed himself to making it a better place. He was a classroom teacher and school principal who devoted his energies for more than thirty years to teaching children from primary through college ages. He was the founder and director of the California Arts and Humanities program in Los Angeles County. Mr. Stillion was a recipient of the Fulbright Hayes Scholarship, the California Art Educators Association Douc Languor Award for Service, and various proclamations from the City of Los Angeles.
John Stillion spearheaded such associations as Moorpark Beautiful, Mountain Beautiful in Crestline, and Arts for Communities. He served on numerous local boards, including The Center for the Arts, The Eagle Rock Association, Colorado Boulevard Design Review Board, Eagle Rock Community Preservation and Revitalization Corp., Collaborative Eagle Rock Beautiful, Fraternal Order of the Eagles, Pasadena Elks Lodge, and Eagle Rock Centennial Steering Committee.
Through his vision and leadership, the Collaborative Eagle Rock Beautiful acquired 4-1/2 acres adjacent to the Eagle Rock for the Eagle Rock Canyon Trail, the last open space between Eagle Rock and Pasadena. This oasis in Eagle Rock includes a mile-long hiking trail and a botanical garden. It is a lasting testament to John's passion for beautification.
The community is invited to a Tribute to John Stillion in Eagle Rock on May 15 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For information, please visit www.CERB.US. In lieu of flowers, donations to CERB (Collaborative Eagle Rock Beautiful), P.O. Box 411441, Eagle Rock, CA 90041, are welcome.

Published in the Los Angeles Times from May 6 to May 7, 2011
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